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Police make progress in gun thefts

October 19, 2005

Dougherty County- Thieves are stealing guns in burglaries of East Albany homes.

In the last three weeks, at least six homes have been broken into in the 600 block of Cordele Road, Pine Bluff Road, and Staten Drive. More than a dozen rifles, shotguns, pistols, and ammunition were stolen.

Dougherty Co. Police Captain Jimmy Sexton said, "We are actively pursuing, trying to recover those weapons."

Jimmy Tanner Junior, 27, was arrested this week, charged with breaking into two homes. Dalyuca Randall, 25, was arrested Tuesday, charged with theft by receiving. Investigators say they recovered several stolen items from Randall, including three guns.

Sexton said "It appears he was taking in stolen property, possibly for drugs."

Glenn Kirkland was arrested last week, charged with stealing guns in burglaries in a four county area. Police say they are still looking for several more people involved in these burglaries, but they don't think it's an organized ring.

"They may have a loose knit connection, but nothing really organized," Sexton said.

Most of these burglaries happened during the day, smashing in a window or side door when no one was home. Police say the best way to protect your property, call police if you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood.

"Call us when they observe anything that they don't think is right. Call the Police Department and let an officer come out and check it out," Sexton said.

Police say you can help by keeping the serial numbers of your guns. If they are stolen, that could help them be recovered.

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